Chittenden County reported 141 new HIV cases in 2017 at a rate of 102 per 100,000 persons, and by 2018, the infections had multiplied to 214 at a rate of 152 per 100,000 individuals.
According to America’s Health Ranking Annual Report, Chlamydia infections multiplied from 206 to 529 cases per 100,000 persons from 1997 to 2017.
Gonorrhea cases declined between 2013 to 2017. In 2016, the number of new infections was 23 per 100,000 persons, and this was attributed to the free screenings and vaccination services offered to men who have sex with men.
HIV/STD infections have been declared an epidemic in most counties including Chittenden. The prevalence of the new infections has encouraged the partnership of Vermont CARES and AIDS Service Organizations in the county to provide HIV/AIDS prevention education services to lower the prevalence rate of the infections. The County Health Department of Chittenden is also working towards zero infections through massive STD screening services and prevention programs as well as social campaigns that promote safer sex.
Essex town has many health care facilities where you can access STD services. Some of the medical facilities you may consider include UVM Medical Centre and Vermont CARES. Additionally, other health care facilities such as Clearchoice Medical Care and Planned Parenthood of Burlington Health Center accommodates patients seeking sexual health services.
Although some health care facilities may provide free STD testing services, there may be inconsistent wait times, and prescriptions may not be readily available if you test positive.